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Seattle Asian Art Museum

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Neighborhood: Broadway / Capitol Hill
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Address: Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112
Phone Number: 206 654 3100
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Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from...
The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from Chinese vases to Japenese Buddhist art.
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Even the building is art

Combining this sweet museum with the Victorian Conservatory, and a walk through the park, or just sitting looking out over the city is a pleasant treat by anybody's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Boulder, Colorado

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Combining this sweet museum with the Victorian Conservatory, and a walk through the park, or just sitting looking out over the city is a pleasant treat by anybody's definition. The museum's permanent collection is small enough that it does not overwhelm, and the temporary exhibits are almost always interesting. The most recent one concerns washed up detritus from the Japanese... More 

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Springfield, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I found Seattle's Asian Art Museum, a branch of the Seattle Art Museum, nestled in the visually stunning environs of Volunteer Park. The museum's collections currently on display in the historical left wing of the permanent galleries included some absolutely superb Tang Dynasty pieces including tomb guardians and brightly enameled ceramic pieces, Zhou Dynasty Bronzes and delicately carved Qing Dynasty... More 

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Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This small museum does not have a large or comprehensive collection of Asian art, but what it does have is very well curated and displayed. Temporary exhibits are also excellent. One of the guards was very friendly, and as knowledgeable as many docents in other museums.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I have, on visits to Seattle, gone to this museum twice and was pleased each time. It's in a lovely park (Volunteer Park) where you can walk before or after. Well curated and interesting selection of exhibits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Seattle Asian Art Museum is a beautiful museum in an historic building and a stunning seatting looking over the city from Volunteer Park It generally has only a few exhibits but the exhibits they have are well worth seeing. They mix antiquities, modern and contemporary artists.

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North Vancouver, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Wow, this was our first time going to Volunteer Park - the park alone is stunning with lots of places to visit. We only had time for our stop at the Museum and what a building- beautiful art deco architecture. Staff were very helpful to greet us and assist in finding exhibits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

It is not a big museum but has impressive collections and exhibitions. The visit takes about an hour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

The museum is small, but enjoyable. However the museum is not the only thing to see at Volunteer park. Take a walk down the street to the arboretum. There are some beautiful flowers there. Enjoy a walk around the ground and climb the tower.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We went to check this museum and found some interesting stuff, the ancient ceramics, sculptures, drawings and paintings.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Has recently purchased the Ai Wei Wei collection of colorfully painted vases. Also other modern Chinese artists. The Mr. Exhibit consisted of colorful cartoon-like paintings with many of the well known Japanese pictures of girls with big eyes. In addition there is an installation of reclaimed materials and their odors to represent the turbulence wrought on people's lives from the... More 

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Address: Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112
Phone Number: 206 654 3100
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Broadway / Capitol Hill
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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